Ha little play on words there but many of you have been asking what I’m using to create the screencasts that have been popping up on RAW the last few weeks. So here is my review of shinywhitebox’s application iShowU HD which they sent me a few weeks ago.
Before I get started let me just say that creating screencasts can actually be worthwhile for photographers. You could use it to show how much work actually goes into producing a final image. That way when a client doesn’t understand the costs direct them to the video of what happens after the shoot date and well there you go.
When it comes to the iShowU family there are three options to choose from, iShowU, iShowU HD and iShowU HD Pro. If you want to see the break down of features check out this page. The version shinywhitebox sent me was iShowU HD and so far I think it’s performed very well.
So far since having the program I’ve shot or created 2 screencasts, both of which I used slightly different settings as you’ll see.
The two major differences was the second screencast has a little box which made use of the iMacs built in web cam so you could see me talking. I quite like the feature I know it’s not for everyone but personally I think it can help put a face to your blog. As I mentioned above showing some screencasts of workflow or editing could actually be beneficial to you in terms of educating clients what happens after the shutter has been clicked. If you think about it you could probably come up with dozen scenarios where screencasts could come in handy.
I think iShowU excels in it’s simplicity. You don’t really need to read the manual to work it out and the features that are present are the ones you need. For those that are inclined it also has a feature that they call “One-Click publishing” which allows you to post your screencast straight to Youtube, Blip.tv and Howcast. This is something that I haven’t tried yet but i’m guessing it makes it just that little bit quicker and easier to get your cast online.
Ideas should be starting to pop into your mind as to how you could use screencasts for creating some interesting blog content. iShowU is a great way to get started and will serve you well. Let me know how you go with it.